NaPoWriMo Day 2: The prompt given by Maureen is as below:
And now for today’s (optional) prompt! The Romanian-born poet Paul Celan once wrote a series of surrealist questions and answers. Here are a couple of examples:
What is forgetting?
An unripe apple stabbed by a spear.
What is a tear?
A scale awaiting a weight.
Today’s prompt asks you to begin by picking 5-10 words from the following list. Next, write out a question for each word that you’ve selected (e.g., what is seaweed?)
Now for each question, write a one-line answer. Try to make the answer an image, and don’t worry about strict logic. These are surrealist answers, after all!
After you’ve written out your series of questions and answers, place all the answers, without the questions, on a new page. See if you can make a poem of just the answers. You may find that what you have is very beautifully mysterious, and somehow has its own logic.
Here are the words that I chose along with their description/ answers
What is Fog: A rainfall of the wishes people made when they turned thirteen
What’s a River: A house made of gemstones in the clouds
What’s inside Oyster: The seed of the apple eaten by Eve, sown in my backyard
What’s meant by Longing: A book that wants to be written, diligently interviewing its author
What’s a Song: A painting that has sued its creator for misrepresentation
What is Thunder: A laptop dancing on waves
What’s a Miracle: Moon and stars queued up at the airport to board the next flight
Who’s a Ghost: An infant meditating at the bottom of the sea
Here’s the poem from answers:
Poem: Some wishes I wish came true!
Moon and stars queued up at the airport to board the next flight
A house made of gemstones in the clouds
The seed of the apple eaten by Eve, sown in my backyard
A rainfall of the wishes people made when they turned thirteen
A laptop dancing on waves
An infant meditating at the bottom of the sea
A painting that has sued its creator for misrepresentation
A book that wants to be written, diligently interviewing its author